Bishop's Blog Archive


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It’s Time to Reopen – Guided by Faith Not Driven by Fear ©

Today, we put the finishing touches on what I hope will be my final video on the COVID-19 pandemic (see video below). Throughout the pandemic, we have remained committed to the understanding that we are to be “Guided by Faith, Not Driven by Fear.”  ...

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A Map for Emerging from the Pandemic ©

  As we move through Lent, we are all struggling with issues of re-opening. The WIG remains our mission with an emphasis in discipleship formation through small group ministry, outreach to the community/mission field, and professions of ...

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Building a Post-Pandemic Church ©

Last week, I had the privilege of sharing with many of you in a webinar featuring Dr. Thom Rainer and produced by the Texas Conference UMC. Dr. Rainer is the head of a highly respected Christian “think-tank” and coaching platform called Church ...

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Entering a New Year ©

Bishop Lowry states it succinctly and well when he opens his New Year’s message to the conference with “Thank God 2020 is over!” With our sigh of relief that we have begun a New Year, it is good to remember that we have hope and joy in the coming ...

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Moving Forward ©

A video message from Bishop Lowry is available at the end of this post.   So then, let’s work for the good of all whenever we have an opportunity, and especially for those in the household of faith. Let’s not get tired of doing good, because in time...

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A Commitment to Love Our Neighbors While Battling COVID-19 ©

A video message from Bishop Lowry on the CTC's response to the latest spike in COVID-19 across our conference, state and nation can be found at the end of this blog post. To download the video to share with your church or small group, go to the CTC's...

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An Important Message from an Historic Connection ©

Recently, I read a message from Mr. Barclay Berdan, CEO of Texas Health Resources (THR), which I believe merits a wider reading. The Central Texas Conference has an historic and continuing faith connection with THR. Many of you will recall that THR ...

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(continue to) Pray for the End of COVID-19 ©

I ask that we continue to pray for the end of COVID-19 and to specifically pray for President Trump and First Lady Melania Trump. It is my expectation that we as Christians have been praying for the end of COVID-19 and the healing of those who are ...

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Focus in a Time of Chaos ©

These are wild times. The COVID-19 Pandemic continues to slam us all. International news around the world reports seemingly continual conflicts. Here in the United States, one political party’s convention has just ended, and the other major party is...

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A Statement Regarding a Virtual Meeting of AC20 ©

After His resurrection, Jesus met with his disciples and, just before being lifted up to heaven, gave them the instructions found in Acts 1:8 “…8  you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.” These ...

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Words of Thanks, Admiration and Perseverance ©

In his latest video message to the CTC, Bishop Lowry, having recently returned to Lone Star State after taking a few weeks to go and play the role of Papa with his grandkids, shares words of admiration and thanks to the clergy and lay leadership who...